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Halloween Edition: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
31 October, 2019
Happy Halloween! Here are two terrifying questions inspired by recent tests, a blood-curdling ACT and a spine-chilling SAT. Try them only if you dare. [quiz-cat id=”7229″]
Issue 18: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
26 September, 2019
Welcome back! This week’s issue is just like a good answer on the ACT English or SAT Writing & Language—short and sweet. First up, a pair of English questions inspired by the ACT and a Math question you might see on the SAT. [quiz-cat id=”7177″]
Issue 17: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
06 September, 2019
Welcome to the Back to School Special Edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler? To reflect the scholarly theme of fall, this week’s issue flips the script: Instead of getting the standard disclaimer that no rules or formulas are needed to solve, you’ll learn a few rules first and then test yourself on two Math questions, both inspired by problems on a recent ACT. Integers: All (real) numbers except for fractions and decimals. Factors: Numbers you multiply together to get another numb
Issue 16: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
26 August, 2019
As the last few weeks of summer approach and Labor Day looms on the horizon, thoughts turn from sunscreen and bug spray to school supplies and scheduling conflicts. Wasn’t Memorial Day just yesterday? If there is ever a week to have “summer brain,” this is it. Therefore, this week’s issue features two Math questions that may not be softballs but aren’t the hardest anyone would ever see on the SAT or ACT. The standard Math disclaimer applies: you don’t need to know any specific formulas to solv
Back to School Organization: Elementary School
23 August, 2019
It’s almost time to go back to school! Whether your child cannot wait to walk through those school doors, or is clinging onto these last weeks of summer, it is time to get organized for the new school year. Lower elementary grade teachers may institute their own organizational tools: folders to send home, cubbies at school, school shoes, reading logs: but this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Good organizational skills need to be modeled and reinforced, so here’s how you can help: 1. One is
5 Things You Should be Doing the Week Before the Big Test
23 August, 2019
You spend months preparing for the SAT or ACT. You take endless practice tests, expand your vocabulary, brush up on your math, and generally pour countless hours (often in a class or with a tutor) into getting ready for the test. With all that time and energy spent, you want to do everything you can the week before the test to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders on the big day. So here’s a list of things you can do the week before the test to make sure you’re ready to go as test day approa
Issue 15: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
09 August, 2019
It’s August and it doesn’t seem right to be thinking about school and the fall. But even the symphony of the late-summer cicadas can’t seem to drown out the shrill ads for back to school sales, and in some parts of the country, school begins as early as this week. Other parts of the country won’t start until after Labor Day, which seems fair since those same students got out only shortly before the Fourth of July. Regardless of what defines your summer break, it’s always a good time to do some
Issue 10: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
24 May, 2019
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! The end of the school year is nigh, but there’s no reason not to keep trying your hand at sample problems from the SAT and ACT all summer. So before you put those burgers on the grill, work on these two questions that could appear on the ACT. Standard reminders and disclaimers: on either ACT English or SAT Writing, most questions lack an actual question and instead include just an underlined portion and three other options. You have to determine whether the underline
Issue 8: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler
10 May, 2019
Welcome back! This week is picking up where last week left off: with a vocabulary question, this time from the ACT. Both the ACT and SAT test diction, the choice of word or phrase to make meaning precise. The words tested are usually fairly common, much less esoteric than the vocabulary on the old SAT, which tested words like “esoteric” instead of “obscure.” For this week’s question, inspired by the ACT English, diction is tested in that test’s particular format. Hint: read carefully to spot an
Issue 4: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
12 April, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a weekly chance for parents to feel like a teenager again without having to post on Snapchat or play Fortnite. In this week’s issue, three questions that resemble what high schoolers could see on this week’s ACT. Standard disclaimer: no specific rule or formula is needed to solve the Math question, calculators are allowed, you need only fix the two English questions but not name the errors, and none of the three quest
SAT History Subject Test
10 April, 2019
Series Overview Welcome to the third post in our SAT Subject Test series. Previous posts in the series can be found below: SAT Literature Subject Test [] SAT Physics Subject Test [] In this post, we will cover the SAT History Subject Test. Specs * 60 minutes * 90 questions * Covers American history from prehistory to the present * Pre-Columbia
Issue 2: Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler?
29 March, 2019
Welcome back to another edition of Are You Smarter Than Your High Schooler, a weekly chance for parents to show their teens who’s boss or to lie to them that you lost on purpose. Maybe you’ll fare better here than with your NCAA bracket. This week’s edition features three questions that could appear on an ACT: one from Math and two from English. (Future editions will feature SAT questions, too.) As always, the Math question doesn’t require knowledge of a specific rule or formula, but, like the